Timberville council OKs new Walmart

By Katie Demeria

On Thursday, town leaders in Timberville approved the construction of a new Walmart after several months of discussion and planning.

The land used for the store does not yet have an address, but Town Manager Austin Garber said it is bounded by Route 211, South Main Street and American Legion Drive.

Garber said conversations over the new Walmart were varied, but the Town Council would not have voted for something if it did not think it was good for the town. Residents previously traveled to Harrisonburg if they needed to visit a big-box store.

The new store will be closer to the town of New Market than its current big-box store options, which include Harrisonburg, Woodstock and Luray. New Market Town Planner Chad Neese, though, pointed out the addition will not impact residents or businesses that much.

From his standpoint, Neese said, residents who go to big-box stores are leaving New Market regardless, and spending their money elsewhere.

“If you’re around the house and you need to pick something up, you’ll probably just stay local here and support the local folks,” he said.

Right now the prospects of a big-box store coming to New Market are not high, he pointed out, as there is not much room. But some residents have asked for a grocery store, which would likely have to be built on Route 211.

Residents currently choose from smaller stores like New Market Grocery or the Dollar General Store.

Contact staff writer Katie Demeria at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kdemeria@nvdaily.com